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Is Transcription Certification Institute a Scam? – What to Know Beforehand

If you are looking to get started with a career in transcription you may have come across Transcription Certification Institute. They claim to offer a fast track to a good paying job but the problem is that their course is very expensive.

Is Transcription Certification Institute a scam that you should avoid? I know this is a real concern, especially with such a high price.

In this review I'll be going over what this place has to offer, the different lessons in the course, complaints, pros v cons and more... so that you will have a better idea of whether or not it is right for you.

Enjoy...

What is Transcription Certification Institute?

Transcription Certification Institute

Transcription Certification Institute, TCI for short, is an online transcription training program that also provides an internship upon completion,  job search assistance, and tools to help with your transcription career.

And of course, as the name implies, they offer certifications of completion if you make it through the course with satisfactory grades.

Overall the program is mostly for beginners looking to get a good start in transcription and is pretty good, although it isn't cheap.

Transcription Explained

Transcription, in this sense, is when you put audio recordings into text format. So what you do is listen to recorded audio and type exactly what you hear (well, not always exactly).

It can be a rewarding career and is something that many people are flocking to because of the the flexibility it offers, but it isn't for everyone.

At TCI they actually offer a free quiz that takes you through a series of questions to see if it's a career path you would like... but I took it and it's not all that great--the main focus is whether or not you have the ability to perform transcription work, not if it is something you would like to do--and also it seems that they might say "you're a good match for a career in transcription" no matter what.

Some basic requirements that anyone looking into transcription should be that you have a:

  • High proficiency in English
  • Fast typing skills
  • Ability to listen carefully and a quite place to work

It's a pretty easy job as long as you have a good understanding of English and can type fast.

First Impression of TCI

The website appears to be very professionally laid out and all looks well. They claim to have over 9k students enrolled in their general transcription course with an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars based on over 1k reviews... all looks well...

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I did notice that they are not accredited by the BBB and there is a warning posted that their address is not listed correctly--mail was returned to sender because of this...

Transcription Certification Institute BBB

However it seems that they just need to update their company profile on the BBB's website because their address is listed correctly on both the official website and on their Facebook page, which is:

504 E. Mountain View Ave. Suite 5
Ellensburg, Washington 98926


All in all I see good signs here. They list their address and provide real contact information such as their phone number (800-481-2193) and email address (info@transcriptioncertificationinstitute.com), which is a good sign of legitimacy.

Company Background

They have been around for a while, since 2008, and what is nice to see is that the company was created by a group of people involved in the industry... transcriptionists and proofreaders.

Certification Course

They offer more than just a training course to learn transcription, but this is the main part of what they offer so let's start by talking about this.

How It Works

Step 1) Register

The first step is to register. If you are from a country that doesn't speak English as a first language then you may be asked to take a quick English assessment quiz to make sure you have what it takes.

You will be able to pay all at once for life-time access or you can choose to make three separate monthly payments. The cost is either $699 or $249 for 3 months. Of course the one-time payment is a big cheaper... but it is also a heck of a lot of money to be paying all at once.

The price is pretty darn high here, which is why you should continue reading this to see if it's right for you.

Step 2) Complete Lessons & Take Quizzes

The course is broken down into different lessons that focus on different aspects of transcription writing. Some what you will be learning will be in the following areas:

  • Microsoft Word
  • Grammar
  • Punctuation
  • Spelling
  • Typing speed
  • Accuracy
  • Privacy Guidelines and more..

Even in the material covered this course is pretty well-rounded. As we know, it is a general transcription course, which makes sense as to why it provides a broad base of information.

An outline of the different lessons and what their focus is as follows:

  • Transcription Tips - As a first lesson, this just gives you a big overview of what transcription is, opportunities, what you will need to do the work, some tips, etc.
  • Speech - This lesson is focused on the rules of speech in the English language, such as how sentences are arranged. It might seem like common sense to some, but to many (especially to those who have been out of school for a while) it can be a nice refresher that is important... although very basic.
  • Punctuation - Here you will learn the basics of punctuation, which is definitely a topic that needs to be covered here. Proper punctuation will make your transcriptions more accurate and readable.
  • Interruptive Dialogue - Interruptive dialogue, or dialogue from multiple speakers, can be a challenge to transcribe. But this is something you will run into a lot and this lesson will cover how to deal with it.
  • Sentence Structure - This is another lesson that is more of an English lesson, yet I can see its importance. The focus here is on how sentences are structured in English, which having knowledge of can help you transcribe more accurately.
  • Proofreading - Not much to say here... every transcriptionist needs to have some proofreading skills to check for mistakes. This lesson is all about this.
  • Keyboard Skills - This lesson is about learning how to use your keyboard more efficiently, which most people don't know much about. This will lead to faster and easier transcription in the end.
  • Regional Accents - You will deal with some heavy English accents at times, or at least likely will, and this lesson will give you some tips on transcribing such.
  • Microsoft Word - This is a very important lesson because you will likely be required to transcribe in MS Word format as a transcriptionist. Here you will be shown around the program so you can use it effectively.
  • Time Management - While this might not be something you'd expect to see here, it is very important. Time management can be difficult when managing more than one transcription project, especially when you are doing this on your own from home without a boss. Here you will learn how to stay organized and maximize time.
  • Privacy - There are certain privacy rules that transcription companies often have to follow. Here you will learn about them and what has to be done... this includes keeping names unsaid and things like this.
  • Getting a Job in Transcription - This lesson is focused on the process of getting a job, creating your resume, and what you can expect. 
  • Verbatim vs Non-Verbatim - If some says "y'all" should you write it exactly as it sounds or go for the correct English version, which is "you all"? This type of thing is something you will run into frequently and sometimes you should write it verbatim while other times you shouldn't. Here you will learn when to do which one.
  • How to Be a Professional IC - Since you will be considered an independent contractor as a transcriptionist, this lesson is focused on how to be one in the most professional way. This is similar to the time management lesson and gives you tips on scheduling, tracking projects, etc.
  • How to Make the Most Money - Of course we all want to make the most money possible. Here you will learn what jobs pay best, rates, tips and more.

Each lesson is followed by a quiz to help keep you on track. I think this is very necessary and helpful, as it gives a good way of ensuring that you are ready to move on to subsequent lessons.

You will be provided with study material to pass these quizzes and will also be able to retake them until you get a good score.

Step 3) Pass the Final Exam and Get Certificate

At the end of the course there is a final exam and if you pass it you will be given a certificate of completion, which can be beneficial when it comes to getting a job.

This test is graded by real people at TCI that know what they are doing. I'm not entirely sure how much weight a certification like this carries, but there is no doubt it is better than nothing and could be extremely beneficial for beginners seeking employment, as it shows that you are qualified to perform the work.

Monthly Webinars

As a member you will have access to webinars on a monthly basis. This is something that I think is very nice because it makes the program much more interactive.

Any topic dealing with transcription is fair game during these webinars and you will have the chance to ask questions and receive answers from professionals.

Job Board

The job board looks like most other job boards at first glance. You are able to search for jobs based on job title or keyword, location or virtual, and the amount of experience that you have...

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The features of this job board aren't near as advanced as a job board like Flex Jobs, but since you are only looking for one type of job it still is pretty decent.

One of the big downsides I noticed right away is that there aren't many job listings for those without experience, which I'd assume would be most people using this job board.

I did a basic search for "transcription" jobs that require less than 1 year of experience and only got 3 results. That said, the job results that came up did seem pretty good for beginners and paid decent as well.

Here is one of the listings...

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You will be able to see the type of position it is, the pay, when it was posted, a brief description, and there will be a button to apply. 

When you click on the 'Apply Now' button you will be taken to a page with more details about the job. Then you will be able to apply.

The Application Process

You will be able to submit your resume to TCI and then when applying for jobs it sometimes only takes a few clicks of the mouse. 

But the application processes will vary depending on the company.

Internship Program

Possibly one of the biggest benefits to this program is that they guarantee internships with real transcription companies. This gives you real-world experience and can also help you land a job fairly quickly.

You aren't guaranteed to get a job, but some companies will hire you on-board if you do well during the internship.

I'm not entirely sure what companies they work with because they don't provide any sort of list, but they do claim that your internship will be "at a leading transcription company".

As far as length goes, you are only guaranteed 5 hours.

After completing the final exam and getting a high enough score, you will be able to sign up as an independent contractor with one of the companies they refer you to. There will be paperwork that you fill out and you will commit to 5 hours of work with them at no pay.

After the 5 hour internship is up you may be given a chance to extend it or to be hired, but this is completely dependent on the situation and the company.

5 hours definitely isn't very long but it is certainly better than nothing.

Accuracy Assessment Tool

The accuracy assessment tool has practice transcription files that you can complete and will be assessed on...

  • Precision
  • Spelling
  • Typing speed
  • Formatting

So basically what this allows you to do is practice your transcription and be graded on a number of things so that you know where you need improvement.

Cost & Refunds

As you already know, the cost of this program is either a $699 one time fee or you can choose to pay $249 a month for three months, which works out to be $747 total.

That's a lot of money... and there is no free trial... but do they offer refunds if you don't like what you see?

Yes, they do... but not a full refund unfortunately.

Refund Policy

The way it works is you can get a 50% refund but you have to ask for it before you start the 4th lesson of the course... and you have to ask for it in writing for some reason.

So you can complete the first 3 lessons, ask for a refund in writing, and get 50% of your money back.

I'm not entirely sure how this works if you are paying with the $249/mo for 3 months plan though. Because you could easily complete 3 lessons before you make the full payment.

I believe you are locked into paying the full price when you agree to the 3 month payment plan. So even if you request a refund after only paying one month's payment of $249 you are still likely obligated to pay the full price... and then get a 50% refund of the full price.

Complaints

No Free Trial - I would like to see a free trial being offered here but unfortunately we don't get this. The course is quite expensive so it can be a hard decision to make because of there not being such.

No Full Refund - You can get a partial refund before the 4th lesson, as mentioned, but why no full refund?

No free trial, no full refund... what's up with this? They should at least have one or the other.

Short Internship - The internship is definitely pretty short. Don't get me wrong, 5 hours is better than nothing and also sets you up with other opportunities, but I was thinking it would be much longer (and hopefully paid) when I first heard of it.

Job Board Has Lots of Jobs You Might Not Be Qualified For - If you are a beginner just starting out then some of the job postings they list will require too much. I'm not sure why they have some listings in the first place. Maybe they could do a better job at cleaning up the list for more beginner-friendly jobs.

You can search based on experience required, which is nice, but there just don't seem to be all that many postings for beginners.

Student Reviews

I haven't really been able to find any sources of reviews that are very good. There are over 1,200 reviews/ratings on Repugen but these were likely encouraged by the company so I don't trust them 100%.

That said, there really aren't any bad reviews or concerns worth mentioning. There were a few people's reviews I came across that were a bit disappointed that the course didn't provide more advanced training, but that's about it.

It certainly isn't a scam because if it were then people paying almost $700 would be more than happy to complain about it online.

Pros v Cons

Pros

  • All online and can be completed anywhere
  • Go at your own pace with lifetime access
  • Nice course layout with different difficulty levels you can test your skills at and quizzes after each lesson to make sure you are ready to move forward
  • You are guaranteed an internship after course completion (assuming you get a good score)
  • They offer ongoing support afterwards
  • It's not just some stale course... they also offer monthly webinars and Q&A with professionals in the industry
  • Very well rounded program with accuracy assessment tool

Cons

  • Very expensive
  • No free trial
  • Only partial refund available
  • Not paid for internship
  • Internship could be very brief (too brief)
  • Some job board listings aren't very beginner-friendly

Final Thoughts

What I Like

What I like most is the overall approach that they take with this program, which as I've been saying is very well-rounded. You learn not just about transcription but also other things that will help further you in a transcription career.

That said, one counterargument to this being a good thing is that you could find much of this 'extra' content for free online... but nonetheless it is valuable and helpful.

Who It's Best For

The program is definitely geared towards beginners and not so much a good choice for those who have experience.

Much of what's covered includes the very basics and if you have experience it will be boring and not all that valuable. And of course the 5 hour internship wouldn't be anything special if you already have experience.

It's also important to note that this is a very general program that trains you for general transcription. If you are looking to get involved in legal or medical transcription this could be a first step to getting there, but you will need more than just this course.

Conclusion - Is It Worth The Money?

If you are a beginner looking to get started in transcription then this can provide an excellent start. What they provide is a lot more than just training on how to perform the job, which will help you start a more successful career path.

It's hard to put a price tag on a program like this, but in my opinion it could be worth it. I guess this all depends on how well your transcription job pays that you hopefully land soon after completing the course.

It's an expensive course but hopefully this review gave you a better idea of whether or not it's something you'd like to give a try. One thing I do want to make clear however, is that you definitely don't need a course like this to get started.

An alternative to transcription that you may be interested in, which is also a flexible online opportunity, is making money online like I do. I've been using this program since 2015 to make money online and currently make a living with it.

Also feel free to check out my top income ideas.

Take care and be sure to leave any comments or questions below. I'll get back to you soon 🙂

Writers.Work Review – Worth The Price or Are Scam Allegations True?

Writers.Work claims to be an "all-in-one platform for launching your dream job" so that you can "write your way to the life you want"--but is it really all that great?

Some of the advertisements do make this platform sound a little too good to be true, and there are some claims that it is a scam, so doing a little extra research and wanting more information before joining is completely understandable.

In this Writers.Work review I'll be going over all you need to know--the good and the bad. I'll take you on a tour through the platform to show you what all you get as a member, talk about who it's best for, go over common complaints and scam allegations, whether or not it's worth the cost and more.

Is this place worth joining to boost your freelance writing career? Let's find out...

What Is Writers.Work?

Writers.Work
  • Website: Writers.Work
  • What You Get: Freelance writer's platform with access to tools, job search, training and more
  • Price: $47 for lifetime access or $15/mo
  • Money-back Guarantee?: Yes, 30 days
  • Rating: 7.5 out of 10 (the negative reviews I'll go over bring it down)

Overview: Writers.Work is an "all-in-one" platform for writers looking to make money in the world of freelance writing. Joining isn't free, but members are provided with a lot, such as training, tools, and the job search feature.

In a nutshell, this place makes things as easy as possible to manage an entire freelance writing career (or most of it) all from one platform.

Overall it is a good platform and could be well worth the price. HOWEVER, it isn't for everyone and might not be worth it for writers that already have experience, as you will see--it's mostly geared towards people starting out and helps make things as easy as possible.

Related: Beginner freelance writers may also want to consider easy (but low paying) routes like Constant Content and Crowd Content.

A Look Inside the Platform

When you first login you will be taken to the main dashboard, which looks like this...

writers work dashboard

The first thing you see are some daily stats that let you know how you are performing--which include the words typed and time spent typing, and are supposed to keep you on track.

Below that you have recent documents that you can manage, and then below that you will be able to see recent messages and job search results.

The dashboard has a nice layout and allows you to easily pick up right where you left off--and not forget what you were doing (which happens).

Features

Over in the left-hand menu you have all the different features of the platform--let's start out by taking a look at the job finder, which is simply labeled as "Jobs".

1. Job Finder
job board

Source: Writers.Work

Writers Work's job finder area, which is what they call their "magical job finder" is where you are going to be able to find writing jobs that are available, as you could guess.

But there really isn't anything "magical" about this job finder. Many of the jobs you will find listed are pulled from other job board sites, such as ProBlogger and Indeed. They do have some exclusive listings but many of the jobs you can find elsewhere for free.

So then you may be wondering... what's the point? 

Well, the point is that Writers Work does an excellent job of bringing top writing job postings soon after they are posted, to give members the best possible chance of being able to get work. Using the job search can save a lot of time because they bring jobs from all over and list them for you right here, in one location.

Some common writing jobs you will come across include things like...

  • Articles
  • Landing pages
  • Blog posts
  • Social media posts
  • Sales copies, etc.

And you will be able to find part-time, full-time, contract positions, jobs that are just for one project, etc. You can find it all.

Filtering Results

One of the best features of the job search tool is that you can filter your results, and in a variety of ways, such as by salary, employment type, payment type, and you can even choose to filter "only beginner friendly" jobs--which is great if you are a newbie.

Job Alerts

You will have the ability to set up job alerts so that you get notified when a new job is posted that meets your criteria. This is a great feature because it allows you to jump on opportunities before others get to them.

2. Writers Marketplace

In addition to being able to find jobs yourself, clients looking for writers will also be able to reach out to you.

They will be able to search for certain types of writers and view writer profiles...

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Clients can also search for services you post, such as blog post services, social media posts, etc. and hire you this way.

3. Submission Section

Members will also be able to filter through publications that accept pitch submissions from writers.

Basically what you would do in this section is look for publications that are of interest to you and make a pitch, and if accepted you will be able to write an article for them and get paid.

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These submissions are a "one and done" type of deal. You make a pitch, if it gets accepted you write the article, and you get paid.

With most of the listings for submissions there will be an email that is included, which you will send your pitch to. There will be some details and instructions on what they want the article to be like, and then you have to get creative.

*If there is no email address listed then you will submit your pitch through the publication's website.

4. Text Editor 
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Source: writers.work

To help further your career as a writer, and make things easier on you, they also have a nifty little text editor where you can type and edit your documents.

And there is a lot more going on here than just some boring text editor. According to the website, there are over 2,000 grammar, style and readability checks performed on your documents within this editor. 

You will be given readability scores so that you know how well written your content is, you will have the word count at all times, spell checking of course, and more.

5. Project Management

To further help you stay focused and organized as you manage writing projects and hopefully make some good money, they have a project management feature.

Here you can create different projects, create tasks within the projects, link to documents and so on...

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There is another tab on the menu of "Goals". This isn't part of the project management area, but it is a great way to help manage time and stay on task, which is why I'm talking about it in this section.

You are able to create future goals--for example to write a certain number of words each day, which helps you stay focused and moving forward.

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6. Training
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The training portion, called "University", is basically a bunch of training material (mostly videos) that is broken down into different modules and lessons.

There is training that covers beginner stuff like getting started, publishing documents--and good quality more advanced training on everything from copywriting to landing pages.

So not only do you have a job board that lists a bunch of available jobs, but you also have the training so that you can hopefully land some of the decent jobs--even if you are just starting out.

7. Online Portfolio

Not much to be said here--the online portfolio feature allows you to showcase yourself and your work. It's pretty basic overall but could still be helpful, particularly for beginners.

8. Premium Courses

If you are in the main dashboard and scroll down to the bottom of the menu on the left-hand side you will see a tab for Premium Courses.

These "add-on" courses include PDF guides, living coaching and more.

Freelance Writers' Toolkit - This comes in the form of a PDF document that can be downloaded after purchase. It includes all sorts of templates and cheatsheets--and even goes as far to include a tax guide, resume template, sample client contracts and more. Cost = $29

Freelance Writer's Toolkit/Coaching Session Bundle - In addition to the toolkit, you will be able to chat with an experienced freelance writer for 30 minutes. These sessions will be customized for your particular situation, goals you have, questions and so on--and can be very valuable. Cost = $99

After each session you will be sent a transcript of what was said, this way you don't have to go crazy keeping notes.

Premium Courses Bundle - This contains two courses that Writers.Work offers called "Jumpstarting Your Freelance Writing Career" and "A Beginner's Guide to Writing for the Web". Cost = $99

9. Other Features

The platform is jammed packed with features. Those mentioned above are the most notable, but they go above and beyond in many ways to provide writers with all they need.

For example, they have a "Habit Builder Tool" that helps push you forward by trying to get you to beat previous records (such as words written in a day)--and even go as far as to give you a white noise feature so that you can listen to soothing sounds while working, which hopefully will boost productivity.

The 3 Ways to Make Money

I already covered them, but let's talk about the 3 ways you can earn money all in one nice little section. These ways include...

  1. Job Search - You will be able to use the job search feature to find writing jobs that you are interested in and apply to them.
  2. Submissions - They have the submission section where you can make your pitch--and if accepted you will be able to submit an article for pay.
  3. Writer's Marketplace - Here clients will be able search for writers and potentially hire you. So make sure your writer's profile is good!
Applying for Jobs Found Through The Job Search

Although this is considered an "all in one" platform, not everything is handled within Writers Work.

For most of the job postings you will be directed to the appropriate websites to apply, such as Indeed or ProBlogger for example.

This all depends on where the listings are coming from.

Note: When you click on a job listing you want to apply for you may get a popup window so that you can continue. If you have an adblocker it may not appear.

How Much Can You Make With Writers Work?

On the website they state that "freelance writers can earn anywhere from $20-$65/hr". In annual income (if working 40 hours a week) this equates to $39k - $130k per year. And even if you were to do this just part-time, lets say 20 hours a week, that would still be a nice crispy $19.5k - $65k per year.

But how realistic is this really? I mean, it's not like companies don't overhype their opportunities to try to lure people to buy in all the time--so can you really trust these numbers?

Well, according to ZipRecruiter the average salary for freelance writers is about $64,000 a year, which is pretty darn good. They state that about 37% of freelance writing jobs pay around $11k - $47k per year, 48% of jobs pay around $47k - $82k per year and then very small percentages pay more--some writers making up to $400k a year.

But don't expect to make much starting out

If you think you are going to be able to start out making $20/hr and working up to 40 hours a week then you are in for a rude awakening.

The numbers can be somewhat misleading. Early on you shouldn't expect much and this should only be looked at as a side-income--not an income that you are reliant on. 

It takes time to build relationships with clients and repeat business is where successful freelancers make most of their money usually.

There are no good numbers I can give as to how much you will make when starting out, because it is going to vary greatly, but definitely don't expect a steady $20/hr.

The Cost

The price depends on how you want to pay. Right now (as I'm writing this) the cost for a lifetime membership is $47. This is the "early bird pricing" and it is going to supposedly increase to $94 at some point--who knows when..

You can also choose to pay for a monthly membership for $15/mo. 

Both options give you access to the same things, which is everything except the Premium Courses, which you have to pay extra for.

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The do have a 30 day money-back guarantee but this is only on the membership, not the add-on Premium Courses.

The bad news is that the Premium Courses are non-refundable--the good news is that you can keep them forever, even if you cancel your membership.

Support

Support is always a must--I don't care what type of product or service is being sold--and unfortunately companies that offer virtual products/services are notorious for absolutely horrible support.

Writers.Work calls their support "rockstar support" but of course you can't always trust what the company says.

After doing some digging around it seems that lack of support (and in some cases no support) is one of the most common complaints about this platform.

Most of the complaints with the BBB have something to do with bad support--such as trying to get a refund but having no way of contacting the support team...

BBB complaints

So I'm not really sure what the deal is here. Some people have had success with contacting support (even though it seems to be somewhat of a hassle for everyone) while others claim they have no way to do so available.

What I Like

What I like most is how Writers.Work goes above and beyond in so many ways. Sure, they have a great job search feature and the training is very helpful, but they also provide all sorts of things that you might not even expect.

The organization tools, such as creating projects and tasks inside the project management area, are great--and I talked about how they include some helpful features like the habit building tool and even the white noise feature. These are some areas I think they go above and beyond.

It's so much more than your average freelance writing platform.

Who Writers.Work Is Best Suited For

The platform can without a doubt be useful for anyone but I would say that it is best for beginners.

The reason is because experienced writers won't have much need for all of the features offered. Many writers will already have a way to manage projects and stay organized, they will already be using a text editor they are more than happy with, they will already have relaxing rain music and whale sounds on the ready so that they don't need the white noise feature.. and so on.

But for beginners this can be a big help--with so much available to you right in one platform.

*Note: I'm not saying that experienced writers shouldn't join--I'm just saying that it will likely provide greater value for beginners.

Complaints

First off it's worth mentioning that they have an F rating with the BBB and are not accredited--not that being accredited is absolutely necessary or anything.

The F rating is pretty bad though. In fact, it's as bad as it gets when it comes to BBB ratings--can't get any worse.

writers work bbb

Lack of Support - As I already went over, there are a fair number of people complaining about the support being inadequate and hard to reach--or even impossible to reach.

There are complaints about this with the BBB as well as with Trustpilot.

*For all those having trouble contacting support, I would try sending them a message through their Facebook page. It states that they usually reply within a couple hours.

Product Not as Advertised (misleading) - There have been some people requesting refunds after buying a membership and finding that the product is not as expected. That said, I'm not sure what type of marketing material they came across in the first place.

There was mention of misleading Facebook posts in another review but I saw none of this going on when looking back months ago through posts.

One of the only pieces of misleading information that I came across was how they say that you can earn $20 - $65 per hour as a freelance writer, which is true but shouldn't be expected as a beginner--and might give people the wrong impression that they are going to be able to make this kind of money right from the start.

*Update: Apparently some of their adverts were a bit misleading and led customers to believe that Writers.Work themselves was hiring writers and paying good money. It appears that they had some misleading ads on Facebook that have since been deleted.

No Free Trial - Both of the above complaints could probably be remedied if they offered a free trial, so that people could sign up and get a taste of what they are getting involved with before whipping out their credit cards. It would be really nice if they offered one, but unfortunately they do not.

Not Much Info About The Company - You would think that they would provide us with some company information, such as who is running the show, where they are located, etc... but they don't.

According to the BBB the company is located in Austin, Texas, but one user (who filed a complaint) claims they are actually located in Arizona.

There is no 'About Us' page or anything like that to get the details right from the company themselves.

Scam History - While I haven't come across any hard evidence, there are reviews that suggest Writers.Work has been created by the same team behind a past "scam" called MasterWritingJobs--which basically lured people in by selling them hopes and dreams of making quick and easy money, but or course did not even coming close to delivering (since quick and easy money isn't possible in the world of freelance writing).

This coupled with the fact that they don't disclose much of any information about them is troubling.

Is Writers Work a Scam?

While there are some serious complaints and there is a bit of concerning information about this company, there isn't enough for me to call it all a scam. 

The truth is that they do provide tools, training, and a heck of a lot of features to help writers start and/or manage their career as freelancers--and there is nothing scammy about this.

It is somewhat difficult to tell what direction they are sailing this ship. The creators have a history of deceptive and misleading advertising--they made some deceptive adverts promoting Writers.Work--but now these seem to have been deleted. So are they going in the right direction? Are they turning over a new leaf?

Final Thoughts

Overall, all things considered, a membership for Writers Work can easily be worth the money--especially with the $49 lifetime offer that is going on right now. Some of the features don't really provide much value and many people won't even bother with them, but there is still a heck of a lot provided here that does have good value.

Not only do you get a list of available jobs, but you also get a list of publications accepting submissions. Not only do you get the project management feature to help stay organized, but you also get the goals feature and "habit builder tool" to help push you ahead.

There is a lot going on. That said--as mentioned this package of tools, training, job listings, etc. is going to be much more valuable to the beginner.

Misleading advertising practices aside, this could be worth the price.

Something else that you may want to consider is writing for yourself and making money this way. This is actually what I do for a living and if interested I highly recommend the Wealthy Affiliate training program to get started.

Note: Just like freelance writing, my recommendation is also NOT a way to make money fast.

Also feel free to check out these 70+ ways to make money from home and these 30+ freelance writing websites that you don't need experience for.

Take care and be sure to leave any comments or questions below. I love hearing from my readers 🙂

Is Crowd Content a Scam? – What You Should Know Beforehand

Crowd Content is just one of the many content mills out there, but is it a good one? Is this a trustworthy place to work for? Do they provide good amount of work? What’s the pay like?

Or is Crowd Content a scam that is just going to be mostly a waste of your time?

Well, I’ll jump straight to the point here and tell you that, NO, Crowd Content it’s definitely not a scam–however, it might not be the best fit for many freelance writers (or aspiring freelance writers) out there and in this review I will be going over all you need to know beforehand, such as how it all works, what I like/don’t like, etc.

Overview of Crowd Content

Crowd Content

As mentioned, Crowd Content (which I’ll be referring to as CC) is what you call a “content mill”, like Constant Content, Textbroker, and Writer Access (if you have ever heard of these places). They are a bit on the smaller side, claiming to have around 5,000 writers working for them, but are still decent.

A content mill is a content creation platform that draws upon a pool of large writers for client submitted projects. Agencies, Brands, retailers, small website owners, Etc go to places like CC to get their unique content for their websites. The reason they do so is because it is easy and usually fairly cheap–they don’t have to try to vet people to find the perfect writer and don’t have to think about prices–they just go to a content mill and pay the price, then their submitted project is matched with an appropriate writer from the pool of writers.

The types of content that clients are usually looking for consists of things like…

  • Blog posts
  • Articles
  • “How to” guides
  • Product descriptions
  • White papers
  • and even things like Facebook posts

As a writer for CC these are the types of things you will be writing and making money with.

You will read some negative reviews from clients who feel as if they got ripped off by getting poor quality content, but generally speaking CC has higher prices than many of the other content mills out there and delivers better content–which means they generally have better writers and higher standards.

How It Works

One of the big upsides to freelance writing at a content mill like this is that you can work on your own terms–when you want and how much you want to. But the big downside comes along with this–and it is that you’re not guaranteed a certain amount of work regularly.

Once you become a writer (I’ll go over the signup process shortly) you will have access to two different writing areas where you will be able to pick up projects and get paid, these include…

  1. The Freelance Writing Marketplace
  2. and Managed Content Projects

Freelance Writing Marketplace

Most of the writing projects that will probably be your best bet when starting out will be posted in the freelance writing marketplace.

Clients will specify exactly what type of content they want created and what quality level they want. Depending on your writing level (which you will be assigned) you will have access to all of the available projects at your level or lower.

As you write for clients you have the ability to build relationships with them and if they like you they will be able to send you work directly–and many of the veteran writers at CC earn a good chunk of their income from direct work like this.

Managed Content Projects

The other option you have are managed content projects, in which you have to apply for and wait to get accepted. These are for larger projects that you will work on with project managers–such as high-volume Enterprise projects for big companies.

The pay you can get writing for a managed content project can be a lot better than working in the freelance marketplace, but of course these jobs are a little bit harder to get.

How Much Do They Pay?

The rates below are what they pay for work done in the freelance marketplace. The first rates listed are the “street rates” and the second rates listed are called the “bonus rates”, which you will earn if you have a fast enough turnaround time.

  • 1 Star: 1.2 cents per word (up to 1.4 cents if you submit your work quickly)
  • 2 Star: 2.0 cents per word or up to 2.3 cents
  • 3 Star: 4.4 cents per word or up to 5.2 cents
  • 4 Star: 6.6 cents per word or up to 7.6 cents

The star rating you have depends on how well you write. You will be assigned an initial star rating when you join and after that it will change depending on how well you do.

In addition to their normal rates, they have specific pay rates for writing Tweets and Facebook posts. These rates pay per project, not per word, and they are as follows…

Tweets

  • Standard: $0.70 or up to $0.80 if you get the bonus rate
  • Professional: $1.05 or up to $1.20

Facebook Posts

  • Standard: $1.05 or up to $1.20 with the bonus rate
  • Professional: $1.55 or up to $1.75

Once you have $10 in your account you will be able to get paid, which happens via PayPal. If you have less than this it will just roll over into the next pay period until you have enough. The good thing is that they pay 2 times per week, every Tuesday and Friday–so you won’t have to wait long.

Application Process

If you are interested in applying the process is pretty simple and straightforward. First you will start by opening your account and providing some basic information, answering some questions about your experience, Etc. This won’t take more than a few minutes to do.

If you want access to the freelance marketplace then you will have to have a sample writing and they will grade you on this–giving you an initial star rating that I just talked about.

One of the cool things about crowd content is that you get to create your own pen name and this is the only thing the clients will be able to see, which is good if you are concerned about privacy.

What We Like

Overall the Crowd Content platform is well laid out and easy-to-navigate. One thing that is really nice is that they have performance metrics you can check on to keep updated on how well you are doing–the better you do and the higher quality work you deliver, the better your performance levels will be–and this means more pay potential.

They also have a decent support team that you can submit support tickets to and usually get answers back within 24 hours–in addition to a forum that you can often get help on.

Oh…and they pay two times a week like I said, which seems a bit unnecessary but I am certainly not complaining–everyone likes this about CC.

Compliants

Some of the complaints that are worth mentioning include the following…

Bad Editors

By far I would say that the biggest complaint I came across was about editor’s giving writers a hassle–such as by giving bad feedback and not providing it in a timely manner–which then can lead to the writer submitting their work late and getting penalized for it, when if the editors had done their job in a timely manner it would have never been submitted late in the first place.

Also there are a number of complaints about editors not approving applications to get onto managed projects and not giving any reason as to why.

Writing Is Timed

Going along with that which I just mentioned, the work it’s timed. I have no problem with this, and I think it should be, but the problem arises when editor’s get in your way.

Not a Lot of Work

The amount of work will vary, but as I mentioned in the beginning, you are not guaranteed regular work here and you should definitely not count on earning a full-time income if you’re just starting out.

One writer complaint I found on Glassdoor was about only being able to get 4 writing jobs from January to Mid-March–and there are other similar stories to this–but of course a lot of this depends on your star rating and how much work you have access to.

One thing about CC and other content mills is that if you want work you have to be quick to claim it. It always seems that there are many more writers than there should be, which creates a lot of competition and projects get claimed quickly.

Low Pay

This just comes with the territory. If you want to get paid more then try landing some jobs on freelance websites like Upwork, Freelancer.com, etc.–but of course getting jobs on these types of sites will be a lot more difficult.

In actuality CC pays better than a lot of other content mills out there, although it is still not that great.

Client Rejection for No Reason

You will find complaints about this for any content mill you look into–what I’m talking about is people complaining about clients rejecting their work for no good reason, such as having their work being rejected for reasons not specified in the instructions. This should not be allowed, but of course CC doesn’t really do all that much about it–writers seem to always be the ones getting screwed over and not the clients.

Scam or Not?

As mentioned in the beginning, Crowd Content is definitely not a scam. They are a legitimate website and you can make money working for them–they can be trusted.

Yes, there are complaints, but there are always going to be complaints. What you also have to realize is that you will often find an unproportionately high number of complaints online because people usually like to voice their opinion more when it comes to negative things rather than positive things.

Overal I wouldn’t consider CC bad at all–in fact I’d actually consider it to be one of the better content mills.

Conclusion – Worth Your Time?

Is it worth your time to join as a writer and start making money freelancing? Well, I guess this all depends on what you are looking for. Joining CC gives you an easy way to get started in the world of freelance writing, but the pay isn’t that great for most.

There are some writers that have learned the tricks of the trade and are making $500 to $700 per week with a 4-star rating, but you have to learn the ins-and-outs of it and have to get good at monitoring for jobs so that you can pick them up quickly if you want to earn good money like this.

Overall it’s a good platform and I would recommend it particularly to beginners looking to get started in freelancing (I suggest reading the Crowd Content’s Writers Guide for best practices beforehand). Alternatively you could check out this list of freelance writing websites I compiled for beginners.

Another good option that I would like to bring to your attention, which I think you might be interested in, is writing for yourself. Why not start your own small website and right for yourself? There’s a lot more profit potential doing this and this is actually how I make a living working online. If this is something you might be interested in then I’d recommend taking a look at this training program which will help you get started (same program I used).

What do you think about crowd content? Have you worked for them before? If you have I would love to hear from you in the comments section below. Also leave any comments or questions down there and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂

Writer Access Review – Good Pay for Writing or Scam?

If you are looking to make money online in the world of freelance writing then Writer Access is one of the options you have. But the question remains… Is it a good option?

There are plenty of people out there online looking to have content written for their websites, so you are by no means limited when it comes to websites like this where you can get paid to write.

In this review of Writer Access we’ll be going over it all, the goods, the bads, how it all works, the pay, complaints and more.

Overview of Writer Access

Writer Access

Writer Access (writeraccess.com) is what you can call a “content mill”. They are basically a platform that connects clients looking for unique content with a pool of freelance writers willing to create that content. But they aren’t your pure freelance site like Upwork or Freelancer. They play more of a role as a middleman between the two parties, which can be seen as both good and bad.

The upside to working at a content mill like this is that it is very easy to find work and you can start out making money fairly easily with zero experience. The downside is that you won’t get paid that much, at least when just starting out.

The nice thing about Writer Access is that they give you the potential to really move up and earn good money if you stick around, in addition to providing an easy way to get started in the world of freelance writing.

How It Works

When people are looking for content for their websites and don’t feel like writing it themselves, they often come to content mill sites like this. They post their project and then it is available to the qualified pool of writers, which will include you, to pick up.

Some common writing jobs you will encounter include things like…

  • Blog posts
  • “How to” articles
  • Product descriptions

… and so on.

As you can imagine, when it comes to your schedule, things are very flexible. This is the type of job you can work whenever you want to, assuming that you complete projects you are committed to in a timely manner.

There is no minimum or maximum amount of work you have to do. You work when you want and can fit this around just about any busy schedule.

The Growth Hub:

This is something that they just launched in February of 2019 and is really great for freelance writers, especially those who are just starting out. In this area of the site you get access to training, templates, stock photos and more–so that you can get better at freelance writing and hopefully make more money in the long run.

Pay Rates

Before we even start talking about the pay rates, we first need to give over the rating system they have in place, which will determine how much you make.

Star Ratings

When you first sign up and go through the process, you will be assigned a star rating from 2 to 6. This will be based on your experience and the writing samples you submit. If you get a low rating, don’t think it is the end of the world. Clients will have the ability to rate you and you will be able to improve your rating overtime as you complete more projects, assuming that you do a good job.

Some of the metrics that go into determining your star rating include:

  • Minimum test scores
  • Minimum work experience
  • Portfolio strength
  • Timely order delivery
  • Minimum quality scores
  • Minimum revision requests
  • Average quality scores
  • Customer reviews

Basic Marketplace Pay Rates

It’s Pretty simple. You earn anywhere from 1.4 to 7 cents per word that you write depending on your rating. It goes like this:

  • 2 stars – 1.4 cents per word
  • 3 stars – 2.8 cents per word
  • 4 stars – 4.2 cents per word
  • 5 stars – 5.6 cents per word
  • 6 stars – 7 cents per word

The difference between someone who has a 2 star rating and a 6 star rating is described by Writer Access like this…

A 6 star writer demonstrates “mastery of the language and have deep industry experience” whereas a 2 star writer meets the minimum requirements on the initial screening test and has a “ basic grasp of grammar, punctuation and spelling”

Pro Marketplace Pay Rates

A newer feature to the platform is the pro Marketplace, which gives Freelancers the ability to make considerably more money than they would in the basic Marketplace. This area of Writer Access is comparable to your normal freelance websites like Upwork, Guru.com, Freelancer, etc.

In this area there is no star rating and pay rates are negotiated between the writer and the client. Clients can choose to pay an hourly rate, a flat rate, or per word. The minimum amount you will make in this Marketplace is…

  • 11 cents per word
  • $35 flat rate
  • $17/hr

*Payments are made through PayPal

Who Can Join?

If you live in the US, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa or the UK then you are able to join.

The Process:

The first step of the process is to apply for the position that you want, which I’m guessing is that of a writer (they also have positions for content strategists and translators). When applying you will attach a resume, some writing samples, and provide typical information you would expect to when applying for a position.

After that is out of the way, it will be time for you to create your profile and take their proficiency test. Take your time on this part. Try to spice up your profile and make it look as professional as possible, and be sure to Ace that proficiency test.

After that it is game on. You have access to the marketplace and can pick and choose what you want to write, as long as you are qualified. Writer Access will also help match you up with writing projects that are good for you based on your profile and writing samples.

Overall this is a very easy application process and super easy way for Freelancers to get some experience under their belt.

*It could take a couple weeks to hear back from them after applying.

What We Like

When you start out as a writer things aren’t that different from other content mill websites like Textbroker. However, where Writer Access goes above and beyond is with the potential that they offer.

If you’re able to make it to a 5 or even 6 star rating then you should be doing fairly well for yourself as a freelance writer. Some writers at this level claim to be making full-time incomes off of the site.

If you are good enough for the pro Marketplace then things are even better.

So not only does this platform offer an easy way to get started in freelance writing, but also gives you potential to earn some decent money, which most content mill websites do not.

Oh ya… and we love that they pay via PayPal. This is always an easy and trustworthy payment option.

What We Don’t Like

Lack of Jobs

There have been some complaints from writers about a lack of available work, in particular when you are at the lower star levels, such as a two or three star level.

Long Wait Time

Who here likes to wait to get paid?

We are assuming that you don’t, because we certainly don’t.

Unfortunately it can take up to 14 days for your content to be approved and for the payment to be approved. Usually it won’t take this long, but it can.

Clients Have All the Power

This is a complaint you will find for any content mill website like this… The clients have all the power. They have the power to approve or disapprove of your work. And they have the power to ask for revisions again and again.

Most clients are fine, but you very well might run into an overly picky client that you just can’t seem to satisfy, which can end up wasting your time.

Unfortunately there will always be some bad apples and you are just going to have to deal with them as they come, which hopefully will be never. Writer Access pretty much gives all the power to clients, as most places do, since they are the ones paying.

Projects Could Be Filtered Better

We didn’t come across many complaints about things like this, but there were some things mentioned on Glassdoor about clients asking for “sex article requests that make no sense”.

Maybe Writer Access can do a better job at filtering out requests like this?

Is Writer Access a Scam?

No this place is not a scam. Of course there are always going to be some upset writers that take to the internet to voice their complaints and call places like this a scam, but the simple fact of the matter is that it is not.

Yes, you may run into some disrespectful insatiable clients that can be hard to deal with, but the platform itself is in no way, shape, or form a scam.

Conclusion – Worth Joining or Not?

This really depends on what exactly you are looking for, but all in all Writer Access is a good content mill. They aren’t a scam, their rates are right around the industry standard for their basic marketplace, they offer the ability to move up quite a bit in the world of freelance writing, they give newbies the opportunity of an easy start, etc.

Just don’t expect to make much when you are just starting out. We always suggest that you DO KEEP your normal job. You can start out here and test the waters. See how you like it. See how much you think you can make. Go from there.

If you are a complete newbie looking to get involved in freelance writing you may also want to check out this list of 33 freelance writing websites where you can find work that doesn’t require experience.

Or… If you want to potentially make more money writing for yourself you can check out our #1 recommended training program for creating a profitable blog.

*If you still have more questions about Writer Access you can always check out there FAQ page!

Feel free to leave us any comments or questions below. What do you think of Writer Access? Have you worked there? We’d love to hear from you!

Is Constant Content a Scam? – Not What I Was Expecting

If you are a freelancer or an aspiring freelancer looking to make some money at Constant Content (I’ll be calling it CC for short) you may be a little hesitant to join, which is understandable.

Not only are there plagues of ‘make money online’ scams on the Internet, but CC does things a little differently than most other similar sites out there, which might give you an uneasy feeling.

Is this really a good opportunity? Is Constant Content a scam?

Let’s get to it in this short and informative review…

Overview of Constant ContentConstant Content

Right off the bat you can see that I marked this site as being legit. It is a legitimate opportunity for freelance writers and an opportunity for beginners with no experience, which is why I included it in my list of freelance writing websites that are good for newbies–but might not be what you thought.

As stated, this place does things a bit differently. You could still consider them a “content mill” type of freelance writing platform like Textbroker, but they are not like what you would typically think–which would be that you are a part of a pool of writers that can pick and choose different writing projects that have been submitted to the platform from paying clients.

Instead, much of the focus at CC is writing content before it is actually needed.

Confusing?

Ya… I’ll explain…

How It Works

There are 3 ways to make money here: catalog submissions, content requests, and in writer pools.

1. Catalog Submissions

This is the part of CC that differs from many of the other content mill type sites out there. With catalog submissions you are writing content before anyone even offers to buy it.

In a nutshell, how it works is you write content and submit it to your profile catalog. Now that it is in your catalog it is for sale for any client to purchase. So at this point it just sits there and hopefully a client comes along, wants it, and purchases it.

Because of how this works it is important that you include good keywords so that your content can be easily found by potential buyers.

There are 3 different ways you can make money from catalog submissions–or maybe better said–there are 3 different ways you can choose to sell your content…

1) Usage – These types of articles can be sold as many times as you wish. This sounds great and all, however you will not find many clients wanting to buy an article that is also being used elsewhere. Another key component to this type of content is that it cannot be modified by the client.

2) Unique – This content also is not allowed to be modified. The difference is that, as you probably can imagine, this content must be unique and only can be sold once. The buyer gets exclusive rights.

3) Full Rights – This type of content is unique and also allows the buyer to modify it as they wish. They have the full rights.

Doing catalog submissions is usually how people get started on CC–and it definitely has its downsides since you are basically just guessing and hoping that a client is going to come along and buy your content.

2. Content Requests

This is where CC is like a normal content mill platform.

Content requests are when clients request specific content and you are able to submit your work to these requests, which the client is then able to filter through and choose which they like.

However, this is a bit different from some of the other similar platforms as well–in that it is not guaranteed your content will be accepted.

Instead of the client picking one writer to write their content for them, CC allows all qualified writers to submit their content and the client then picks what they want, meaning that most people’s content is not going to get accepted.

When your content is not accepted it simply goes into your catalog, which is then available for purchase as mentioned above.

*Note: There is not much opportunity with content requests when you are just starting out.

3. Writer Pools

You also have the potential to get hired into a “pool” of writers where you can work on large group projects that may take extended periods of time. You can definitely make better money with these sorts of projects, but don’t count on them when you are just starting out.

Sign-up Process

The the only requirements to apply, as far as I see, are that you must be at least 18 years old and you must be fluent in English. Other than that, it is fair game.

The application process is pretty simple…

1) Fill Out Application

First you will fill out a short application which will take only about a minute or 2 to complete. You will enter basic information such as your name, email, create a password, etc.

2) Take Quiz

Then you will take a short quiz that will test your grammar capabilities. When I say short, I mean short. The quiz is only 5 questions long (length might vary because I read another review from someone claiming that it was 6-7 questions in length) and the questions are very easy.

Below you can see the first 2 questions I got. It’s just simple multiple-choice…

quiz

3) Submit Writing Sample

Lastly you will have to submit a short writing sample on a given topic. This only has to be 250 words long but you will have to follow strict guidelines that they give you.

Make sure you put some effort into this.

How Much Do They Pay?

They claim that their top earners are making as much as $90,000 a year, but who knows how true this actually is. I guess it might be true, but you certainly should not expect on earning anywhere even close to that amount–especially when you’re just starting out.

Constant Content takes a pretty hefty fee from your earnings–a 35% cut of the profits.

So if you sell a 1000 word article for $50 you will only end up making $32.50.

That is a pretty big fee, but unfortunately it seems to be the norm when it comes to platforms like this. From what I have seen they usually take anywhere from 30 to 35% in fees.

What Can You Realistically Make?

I do know that there are people making as much as $0.10 a word on this site, which is pretty darn good. At $0.10 a word you would be making $100 off of a 1000 word article.

HOWEVER, I have also heard stories about people making as little as $0.01 a word, which is pretty darn bad. At this rate you would only get paid $10 for a 1000 word article–a massive difference.

With a site like this it is really difficult to give you an amount for how much you can expect to make. One thing I can say, however, is that you should definitely not quit your day job yet.

User Reviews & Complaints

There are mixed opinions when it comes to writer reviews and complaints.

One good source to find independent reviews is SiteJabber–although this site (in a way) encourages negative reviews more than positive ones.

You will find all sorts, such this one calling it “great” and another following it saying that it is “overall not great”…Sitejabber reviewsSome of the areas where most of the complaints are concentrated include…

  • Lack of support – There are a fair number of complaints about the lack of support from Constant Content, both from the writers end and the clients end. Apparently they aren’t that great about getting back to you when you are having troubles.
  • Rejection for no reason – Some people have complained about their content being rejected for no good reason. However, it is hard to say whether these kind of complaints are legitimate or not because I don’t know the specifics of their circumstances, nor do I have the ability to look into it further.
  • Low pay – The pay, generally speaking, is not that great. However, this should be expected from a content mill platform like this. There is a reason is so easy to become a writer here.

Conclusion – Worth Your Time?

If you are a seasoned freelance writing veteran then this is probably not the place for you. This is more of a place for someone to get started in the world of freelance writing.

Content mills usually have a pretty bad reputation because of the lower quality content they produce and the low pay they give to their writers, but I personally don’t have a problem with them–they provide a good opportunity for people to get started with no experience, which is nice.

If you do join just don’t expect to make much. Dip your toes in the water and get a feel for things, then go from there.

Another Option to Consider:

Have you ever considered writing for yourself? If you haven’t, why not?… There is more potential doing this than writing for some content mill.

Just think about it… The reason people are paying freelance writers to write them content is because they can make more money from it than they are paying in the first place.

I started blogging in 2015 and have been able to turn it into a full-time income. What’s nice about this is that you are your own boss, you have more flexibility, there is passive income potential, and overall just more potential to earn in general.

There are some downsides–such as the fact that it takes time to get started and you can’t expect to start earning money right away, but overall the payoff can be much greater.

If this is something you think you would be interested in I would recommend getting started with this training program (same one I started at–still a member of the community).

Take care and be sure to leave any comments or questions below 🙂

33 Freelance Writing Websites for Beginners – No Experience Needed

Do you love to write?

Do you love to make money?

Are you a newbie?

Then what you need is a good list of freelance writing websites for beginners so that you can get started right away--making money writing online.

Luckily for you my friend--this is exactly what I'll be providing you with. I've scoured the web and did all the hard work of finding the best opportunities for you.

There are lots perks to freelance writing. Some of the more notable include...

  • Being able to work when you want--which you can do around any sort of schedule
  • Being able bring in a full-time income if necessary or just a supplemental income if that's how you want it
  • Being able to work from anywhere with internet--just about anywhere

... pretty much any benefit that comes along with having a flexible job--these are the benefits of being a freelance writer and freelancer in general.

But becoming a freelance writer can be difficult if you don't know where to look

You might have ran into an awesome job but when you went to apply it looked something like this...

job requirements

Ouuuchh.

Your dreams may have been crushed--and crushed hard. 

But guess what? You didn't give up. I know this because you are on my site now and I'm about to provide you with the ultimate list of websites where newbie or aspiring freelance writers can land paying jobs.

The good news--you don't need a lick of experience freelance writing. Everyone has to start somewhere, right? Now it's time to get your start.

Ready? Let's get to it...

33 Freelance Writing Sites That Require NO Experience

One of the easiest ways to land some freelance writing jobs as a complete beginner is by joining a 'content mill', which is basically a place that connects clients who need content to a pool of writers looking to make money online. They are a middleman platform--clients order content and writers that work for them write that content.

These types of places usually aren't the greatest as far as pay is concerned, but some people do go on to turn them into full-time jobs.

They usually get a pretty bad rap in the freelance writing world, but I believe that they have their place and don't discourage people from joining--especially when just starting out.

They are extremely easy to get work with and give you access to lots of opportunities.

Content Mill Jobs..

1. Textbroker - This is easily one of the most trusted and reputable 'content mills' out there. The pay isn't great (I'll talk about it in a second) but you can trust them and they do have a good amount of work available.

2. Writer Access - Another great content mill for newbs.

3. ClearVoice - This is yet another good choice. Everything is simple, including finding writing jobs you are interested in--you can easily filter through the available projects in a number of ways.

These sites pay on a per word basis. For example: Textbroker pays anywhere from 0.7 - 5 cents per word (for their open marketplace) and with Writer Access you can earn 3 - 8 cents per word.

But don't get too caught up on the amount you can make per word. Sure, it's a big deal, but sometimes you can actually make more money with lesser paying content writing jobs--since they often require less research, have less picky clients, etc.

4. Writer Bay - Writer Bay doesn't require any writing experience but you does require that you have a college degree or experience in at least one of about 30+ fields. All you have to do is 1) Fill out an application, 2) Pass a grammar test, 3) Write a short prompt and upload a sample writing, and 4) Upload your higher education certificate.

5. Verblio (formerly BlogMutt--what a bad name) I always had a bad opinion of this place but I guess maybe I was judging it somewhat on the horrible name it used to go by, BlogMutt. They start out paying at $10.50 for a 300-400 word article which isn't too bad.

6. Constant Content - They allow you to set your own prices and claim their top earners make $90k a year. This might be true but I'm sure it is a very small percentage of people--but overall they are a good place.

7. iWriter - Provides the potential to earn up to $80 per 500 word article--but definitely don't count on making anywhere near this much anytime soon. You have to climb the ranks and get your reputation up first.

As a writer in the pool of writers at these different 'content mills', you will have access to all the different content orders coming in.

You will be able to pick and choose what you want to write and when you want to write, and can write as long as you meet the minimum quality rating. Most sites use a star rating system--a higher rating reflects a higher quality of work and gives you access to more content orders as well as better paying orders.

Some content mill sites, like Textbroker for example, allow clients to see who their writers are and send orders directly to them if they so choose, which is way to get paid much more than you normally would--for those working full-time here these types of orders usually makes up a large portion of their income.

Writing Job Board Sites..

These are the types of websites that post writing job opportunities of all kinds. 

You might find a long term writing position, a short term position, part-time, full-time, contract, freelance, a quick writing gig, etc. Nothing is really off-limits.

As you can imagine since the types of writing jobs can vary greatly, so does the pay. One job might be a fixed position where you can make $6k/mo where another is for a short gig for $50.

Many of the different positions available will require experience, but don't count out these sites too soon. There are places looking for new writers that aren't seasoned veterans--for one reason or another--so they still might be worth taking a look at.

Note: These sites simply list various writing jobs. You will have to apply to them through the companies offering them. Application processes will vary greatly.

You are going to want to have at least somewhat of a portfolio put together before applying to jobs you find here (Contenly is a good platform to put together a portfolio).

8. Contena - The nice thing about Contena is that they are more than just a job board. As a member you will also get access to training that will help you launch your freelance writing career, which can be a big help early on.

9. Problogger - This place has a good job search engine. You can filter your results easily to find writing jobs that you like...

ProBlogger Job Search

10. BloggerPro - Another good job board site for freelance writers--very similar to Problogger.

11. FreelanceWriting.com - They have a free newsletter called 'Morning Coffee eNewsletter' that provides a weekly digest of the 8 best new writing jobs for freelancers--Highly recommended that you sign up for it.

I would recommend using these job search boards in conjunction with each other.

With these different sites you will sometimes come across the same job postings but you will also come across many different.

So if you do want to take the route of using a job board, use more than one to better your chances of finding a good paying writing job that you meet the requirements for and that you will like.

12. JournalismJobs.com - Mostly what you will find here are journalism jobs that require a good deal of experience, which I'm guessing won't be worth looking at for you. However, they do sometimes have job postings for bloggers and freelance writers--yet another tool at your disposal.

13. FreelanceWritingGigs.com - This place lists a bunch of different opportunities on an on-going basis. Technical writing jobs, general writing jobs, blogging jobs, content writing jobs, you name it.

14. All Freelance Writing - They don't provide all that many job listings, HOWEVER, they do seem to post a fair amount of positions that require no experience--perfect for you.

General Job Board Sites..

Job boards like..

15. MediaBistro

..and..

16. Work at Home Adventures

.. are worth taking a look at as well. They are very different and don't post only freelance writing jobs, but there is the chance you can find some there.

MediaBistro posts jobs dealing with online business and media--things like marketing jobs, social media jobs, news and journalism jobs, writing and editing, etc.

Work at Home Adventures keeps and updated list of work at home jobs of all types, which often include writing jobs. This site isn't the type of site you might think of when you think 'job board', but it's still good.

I'll actually add Work from Home Happiness to the list too. This site is kept up to date on a weekly basis with new work at home opportunities--again, some of which might be freelance writing.

17. WorkfromHomeHappiness

Then you have your more popular and well known job board sites like...

18. Indeed

..and...

19. SimplyHired

... both of which are absolute behemoths when it comes to job boards.

You will definitely have to heavily filter your results here because of the large amounts of opportunities they post.

You can find all sorts of freelance positions on these sites, although definitely not limited to them.

Example: As I'm writing this I searched on SimplyHired for 'freelance writing' and found a freelance resume writer job in my area that pays $3,500/mo--although it does require experience--just an example though.

Freelance Marketplaces..

Freelance marketplaces are platforms that connect clients and freelancers of all sorts. There are plenty of clients looking to pay people to write blog posts, product descriptions, white papers, ebooks, 'how to's etc.

Unlike job boards that simply provide you with a list of companies that are hiring, freelance marketplaces play more of a role in the process, which is good and bad.

The good part is that it makes things a bit easier to find work and there is a sense of safety since the transactions are performed on the platform. The bad part is that they act as a middleman and take a cut of what the client pays you. You could say they are similar to 'content mills' in a way, because they are both middlemen, but freelance websites offer much more freedom and generally speaking you can make more money here (also harder to start out at).

How it usually works is the clients will post their jobs, which will include descriptions of what exactly needs to be done, when it needs to be done, the pay, etc. and then the freelancers can bid for the job--the client then picks who they want.

There is also the potential for a client to search through the freelancers and reach out directly to you for a job, but this is more rare.

20. Upwork

21. Freelancer.com

22. Guru.com

23. PeoplePerHour

All four of those listed above are great freelance sites. Upwork, Guru, and Freelancer are more popular and have more opportunities, but PeoplePerHour isn't far behind.

24. Fiverr - Fiverr is one heck of a great site if you are looking for freelance work of any kind, and is very popular--but it's a bit different from others.

The way people use Fiverr is by filtering through the different freelancers and picking one to do the job they need, rather than a bunch of freelancers applying to job postings.

Articles, blog posts, resumes, cover letters, technical writing, translation, research papers, press releases, creative writing, and more--are some of the things people pay freelancers on Fiverr to do.

25. CloudPeeps - It's not the biggest or most well-known freelance site by any means, but they have had big-name clients like AirBNB, Zappos, lyft and more--who knows... you could find some hidden gems here.

Freelance Essay Writing Sites:

There are so many freelance essay writing sites out there that cater to the need of lazy students that this deserves its own little subsection.

Sure, you can find clients submitting orders to have their essays written on normal freelance sites, but what I'm talking about here are sites that are specifically for writing essays.

Is writing essays for students a moral dilemma? Personally I do have a problem with this, but it is still a way to make money as a freelance writer which is the reason I am mentioning it.

When students are behind on work, or are just too darn lazy to do the work themselves, they go to websites like those listed below and pay freelancers to do it...

26. EssayFreelanceWriters.com 

27. EssayShark

Those listed above are your pretty typical freelance essay writing services. When a student submits an order it then goes into the database where freelancers can bid on it. Just as a normal freelance site, the client (student) then picks who they want to write their paper.

28. Ultius - This place differs from most of the others out there. It isn't a free-for-all when it comes to applying for jobs. When a student submits an order they input exactly what they need (writer level, subject, document type, etc.) and then Ultius selects a suitable freelance writer for them.

*A bachelor's degree is required in order to become a freelancer on these sites, but there is no writing experience needed.

Submission Opportunities..

Another way to make money as a freelance writer just starting out is to find websites that accept submissions and pitch them your ideas and/or submit articles.

You can find websites that you can do this for by searching "your niche + write for us" in Google. For example, you could search for "dogs + write for us" if you like dogs and that is the topic you would like to write about. The results will be a bunch of dog-related websites that accept submissions.

google search

The downside to searching around for sites to submit articles to like this is that a lot of them don't pay you--but could still be worth it because guest posting like this can help grow your portfolio and give you experience (create a free portfolio at Contently to keep track of your work).

Sites that Accept Submissions & Pay:

Some sites that will pay you if you write for them if they publish your articles include the following...

29. CollegeHumor - If you are into crude humor, jokes and the likes, then this site might be worth a go. They pay anywhere from $25-$50 per article and you have the chance of getting a $50 bonus if your articles reaches 100k views. You can start by emailing the editorial team at articles@collegehumor.com your idea.

*Check the link for CollegeHumor first. Last I checked the 'write for us' page didn't exist--so they might not be accepting articles at this time.

30. Wow Women on Writing - This one is just for the women out there--sorry guys. They pay from $50 - $100 per article and possibly even $150. It's an option on the table, but maybe not a very good one since the focus of this site is providing content to help writers improve their freelance abilities--which you don't have much experience with yet.

31. Cracked.com - This is another humor focused website that you can write for. If your work is good, they'll accept it--no experience needed. They look for people who are funny, smart, and creative. You can start out earning $100 per article.

32. Money Pantry - This site is all about earning and saving money. If you have a good story related to this or some helpful tips then they would love to hear from you. You can make anywhere from $30 - $150 per submission.

33. Cosmopolitan - Your submission has to be at least 800 words and they will pay you $100 if it is accepted.

These are just some of the many sites out there that will pay people to submit their work and don't care about experience.

The big downside to submitting articles on sites like this however is that you might not make any money. Your articles are not guaranteed to be accepted and published, which means you might waste your time.

For this reason it is best not to focus solely on opportunities such as these. Maybe dedicate a small amount of time to these sorts of submission sites on a regular basis, but also focus on ways that you know will make you money as a freelance writer.

What You NEED to Do Before Applying

1. You'll Need PayPal

A PayPal account--go create one if you don't already have one. Most companies pay through them and this is awesome, because it is trusted, fast, and secure.

2. Set Aside Some Time In Your Schedule

It's true that with freelance work you can do what you want when you want, but a schedule is pretty important if you want to be successful.

So set some time aside--or at least figure out when you are able to work when you land a freelance writing position.

If you don't have any assignments to work on you can always use the time set aside to look for other opportunities.

3. Figure Out What Type of Writer You Are

Get an idea of what you would be good at writing. What do you like and what would you like to write about?

Writing about certain things you have interest and/or knowledge in can make freelance writing a lot more enjoyable and easy.

How Much Money Can You Make as a Beginner?

I know this is a question that just about everyone is going to be wondering, but unfortunately it is incredibly difficult to answer.

Results will vary--a lot.

How good you are as a writer will make a big difference. A better quality writer will have a higher rating if they write for content mills; they will get more articles accepted and published if they submit to the many sites that pay for submissions out there; they will have better freelance opportunities--all of which will lead to more money.

That said--it definitely wouldn't be advisable to put all your eggs in one basket. Start out with the focus of making freelance writing a supplemental income and go from there. Don't expect to turn this into a full-time job right from the start--if that is your goal.

This Might Be Better Than Freelancing

If you like writing that much--have you ever considered creating a blog?

Think about it--most of the places out there hiring freelance writers are paying them to write blog posts, articles, etc. for their websites--which means that they must be making more money from the content the freelancers create than they are paying them to create it.

It's simple business really. Clients wouldn't be paying people to write blog posts if they were losing money.

So why not create your own blog?

The reason I bring this up isn't just because it can be a more rewarding path to take, and also because this is what I do for a living (you are on my site LegendaryWallet.com right now :)).

There are many ways to monetize a blog (such as affiliate marketing for example), but what it all comes down to is writing--and since you obviously are looking to make money writing it seems this would be right up your alley.

There are some downsides, such as...

  • It takes time to get a blog to be profitable (Not great for someone who needs immediate income)
  • Working for yourself requires more self discipline

.. but overall it is a great choice--and an incredibly affordable choice (you can get a domain and hosting for less than $5/mo).

The Wealthy Affiliate training course is excellent for newbies looking to start their own blog. They actually provide you with a free website + hosting so that you don't need a penny to get started. This is where I got started back in the day and I'm still a proud member of the community.

Full review of Wealthy Affiliate here

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How Much Money Can You Make with Textbroker? – Read Before Joining

If you are looking to make money online as a freelance writer then Textbroker is one of the many options you have. But the question is whether or not it is a good option.

What this comes down to for most people is the money–how much money can you make with Textbroker?

Is it going to be worth your time?

Is the opportunity really as good as the company makes it seem? Or are they just desperate for writers so they portray it as better than it really is?

In this article I will be breaking down how it all works and will be helping give you a realistic look at how much you can expect to make.

What Is Textbroker?

Textbroker

In a nutshell, Textbroker is a middleman service that connects clients looking for content to people who are willing to write that content. In other words–they bring clients and writers together.

According to a claim made on their website, they are “the planet’s leading content creation marketplace”. Now I have no idea how true this statement actually is, but I do know that they have a very solid reputation in the online content writing world.

To date they have over 100,000 writers working for them, over 53,000 “satisfied” clients and have processed over 10 million content orders–a heck of a lot…statsHow do they do it?

Well–as mentioned–they do a good job at what they do. They provide clients with quick unique content at affordable prices and they pay their writers decent amounts. It’s a balancing act really–they need to keep the costs affordable while still paying writers enough (debatable).

How much do they pay their writers exactly? And how much can you make? Hold your horses… We are getting to that!

How It Works

Sign Up:

If you want to write for Textbroker and make money then the first thing you have to do is sign up, which is free to do.

The requirements to sign up include:

  • Must be a US citizen
  • Must be 18 or older
  • Will need a PayPal account
  • Need a government issued ID

You will fill out all the normal information you would expect–name, email, etc.–and you will be given a chance to prove your worth. What I mean is that you will have to complete sample writing on some topic.

Make this writing count because it does. Your starting pay rate will depend on how well you perform here. Don’t worry–it only has to be 200 words long.

You will also have to fill out your writing profile after signing up. I will go over the importance of this in a bit–as for know, just know that this is very important and should take some thought.

Write:

how textbroker works

After you got all the initial stuff out of the way, it’s time to do what you came here to do–write. You will be able to browse through tons of content orders and filter through them to find topics that you want to write about, clients that you like, etc.

There are all sorts of writing assignments here. The most common examples include articles/blog posts for websites.

Assignments will include instructions on what exactly the client wants.

Get Paid:

After submitting your work to the client you will have to wait for it to be approved, which usually doesn’t take long but this all depends on the client.

Payments or made on a weekly basis via PayPal which is really nice, but you must have at least $10 in your account in order to get paid.

Pay Rates

You are able to check out the pay rates for Textbroker writers at this link: https://www.textbroker.com/authors-payments-conditions –but to save you time I took a screenshot of the great table as you can see here…

Textbroker Rates

Open Orders – This is where everyone starts out, so this is where you probably want to focus to get a good idea of what kind of money you will be making. These orders are the ones that I talked about above, which you will be able to filter through and find something that you like.

The pay ranges anywhere from $0.007 per word up to $0.05 per word.

When you start out your pay rate will be based on your writing sample, which is why I said it is very important that you put a lot of effort into making that as good as possible. And if you don’t do as good as you were hoping it’s not the end of the world. You can increase your rating by performing well.

Direct Orders – You can make some good money with direct orders. As you can see the minimum rate is 1.78 cents per word, or $0.0178 per word. You actually get to set your own rate here, which is awesome, but you have to be mindful that there are many other writers out there as well–so you can’t say rates to high or else no one will come to you.

Don’t count on getting direct orders when you just start out. These are orders that clients will send directly to you and no one else, but of course no one is going to even know who you are when you are just getting started. Once you get some notches under your belt and build up a reputation, then you can start to think more about these orders.

Team Orders – Team orders are something that is unique to Textbroker as far as I know, and it’s pretty cool. Basically here you join a team of writers and the benefits of this are that you can get equal access (you and the rest of your team) to higher-paying articles then you can in the Open Orders area.

So How Much Can You Make? Realistically..

If you were to write a 1000 word article and had a ranking of 2 stars you would get paid $7.

If you were to write a 1000 word article and had a ranking of 4 stars you would get paid $14.

Writing 4 star quality content is definitely achievable by a lot of people out there, but don’t expect to be writing 5 star articles. Not only are they rare to come by but you would also have to be an exceptionally skilled writer to maintain 5 star status.

Hourly Pay Expectations

Let’s say that you type at a rate of around 60 words per minute and let’s say that you are going to be typing a few 1000 word articles at a 4 star rating. If you were to type at a steady pace you would be able to type 1000 words in just under 17 minutes, but of course writing an article this length is without a doubt going to take longer than that.

When you factor in the time spent on research, structuring your writing, review, etc.–it is easily going to take you double to triple that amount of time.

The amount of knowledge you have on the particular subject at hand and the research needed are what is really going to influence the time required.

You also have to consider the fact that the client has the ability to reject your writing and ask for revisions–which does happen and is a pain.

As a very very rough estimate, I wouldn’t expect to earn more than $20 per hour even if you are writing at a 4 star level. I’d say anywhere from $15 – $20 per hour is on the higher side of things and when you are just starting out you may be looking more at $8 – $12/hr.

Take these estimates with a grain of salt.

Pro Tips for Increasing Your Earnings

#1 – Make a Killer Profile

Textbroker gives you the ability to really make a detailed and informative profile so that clients know exactly who they are dealing with–make the most of this.

Much of the profile is filled out in a survey-like style where you just answer a bunch of questions about yourself.

I would also highly suggest uploading writing samples, which you have the ability to do, so that clients can get a taste of what your work is like.

#2 – Get Your Ratings Up

When you are starting out it would definitely be advisable to write content that you have some knowledge about–this way will be the easiest for you to get your ratings up as fast as possible.

Making less than 1 cent per word at a 2 star level–ya, that’s not fun.

#3 – Look At The Client Before Writing For Them

Always, always, always look into the client before you write for them. Check on their revision and rejection rates so you know what you’re getting involved with. If there rates are too high, it might be best to avoid them altogether.

The last thing you want is to spend triple the amount of time needed revisioning an article over and over again.

#4 – Write What You Know

As mentioned, write what you know about. Not only will this cut down on research time, but you also will be able to write much more naturally and be more compelling, which will help your rating.

Pros v Cons of Writing for Textbroker

Pros of Writing for Textbroker

  • No Experience Needed – Sites like this are an excellent way for people to get started with a freelance writing career. There is no experience needed.
  • Weekly Payments – No one wants to have to wait a month to get paid–Textbroker knows that and they pay every week. You can count on this.
  • Trusted Service – Textbroker as a good reputation and you don’t have to worry about them trying to get one over on you. You do the work as you are supposed to–you get paid–simple as that.
  • Good Support – Everything I’ve heard about their support team has been good. They actually care about their writers and if you ever have trouble they are there to help you.

Cons of Writing for Textbroker

  • Pay Isn’t Anything Special – The pay is right around what the industry standard is for these types of writing sites–nothing special. If you are a freelance writing veteran then this is probably not the place for you (but of course direct orders can be a game changer because you set the rates).
  • Revisions Can Suck – You will have to do revisions. Plan on it.
  • Rejection Really Sucks – Some people say that clients have too much power on the platform. Every now and again you might write something that you feel is perfect–your grammar is good, your flow is an A+, you followed the instructions to a T–but got rejected. Some clients are too picky.
  • Can Be a Lack of Work – Let’s say you are a 4 star writer looking for 4 star work–you will likely encounter lack of writing opportunities every so often. The amount of work available can be somewhat unreliable at times. However, direct orders and team orders can be a game changer.

Conclusion – Worth Joining or Not?

Textbroker can absolutely be worth, but of course it all depends on your situation and what you are looking for. For people starting out, I would definitely say that this is a good choice. It’s a great way to get started without any experience and gain experience.

For veteran writers the pay may be a bit disappointing.

Focusing on direct orders and team orders is definitely the way to go. From what I’ve found it seems that most veteran writers out there bring in a large portion of their income from these types of orders.

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